Image Credit & Copyright: United Launch Alliance (ULA) of the MUOS-3 Atlas V-551 launch vehicle.
LAUNCH ALERT: Monday, August 31, 2015 at 08:07 UTC (04:07 EDT & 01:07 PDT) a United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V-551 Rocket (AV-056) will launch the 4th of 5 United States Navy’s Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellites from Space Launch Complex-41 (SLC-41 or SLICK-41) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS), Florida.
The Atlas family dates back to 1959. This will mark the 56th Atlas V launch and the 6th in the 551 configuration. The previous 5 were the 3 prior MUOS launches, New Horizons to Pluto and Juno to Jupiter.
The Mobile User Objective System 4 (MUOS-4) satellite is a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system designed to significantly improve ground communications for U.S. forces on the move. MUOS will provide military users 10 times more communications capability over existing systems, including…
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